Wisconsin DNR investigates string of fatal snowmobile accidents

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WISCONSIN (KWWL) – Four people are dead and one person is in serious condition after five separate snow mobile accidents in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, along with several local law enforcement agencies, is investigating the accidents.

“These are tragic losses of life. The wardens are working with local law enforcement partners on each investigation. The identifications of the victims will be determined and announced by the coroners or medical examiners in each county upon notification of family members,” said Lt. Roy Zellmer, of the WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Here is a summary of the accidents that happened this weekend since Friday:

  • Iron County: During the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 8, a snowmobile with a single operator collided with a vehicle on a state highway. The operator is hospitalized and on life support due to the serious injuries suffered. The Wisconsin State Patrol is leading this investigation with the WDNR wardens.
  • Langlade County: On Saturday, Feb. 9, a snowmobile with a single occupant collided with an automobile on a state highway. The snowmobile operator was killed.
  • Dunn County: About 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, a single snowmobile operator was traveling southbound on a designated snowmobile trail in Township of Colfax. It appears the snowmobile operator lost control of the snowmobile, left the trail and was ejected. The operator, a 29-year-old male from rural Boyceville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash remains under investigation by deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office and the WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, which is leading the investigation.  Speed is a possible contributing factor to this crash.
  • Calumet County: About 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, a single snowmobile operator was traveling on Lake Winnebago when it appears the machine struck a snowbank or an ice crack. The machine landed atop the operator. The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and the WDNR wardens are jointly investigating. Alcohol and speed are possible factors.
  • Forest County: About 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, two snowmobiles were traveling eastbound on a snowmobile trail on the frozen Pickerel Lake when a passenger and operator on the lead snowmobile were ejected. The ejected passenger then was struck by the second snowmobile, which was traveling behind as part of the same group. The passenger was severely injured and died prior to a medical flight to hospital. Alcohol and speed are possible factors.
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